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China's sow herd in May declines about 24% on year - Ag ministry

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China's sow herd fell by 23.9% in May from a year earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Thursday.

BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters) - China's sow herd fell by 23.9% in May from a year earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Thursday.

The huge fall comes as an epidemic of deadly African swine fever continues to spread across the world's top producer of pigs.

The pig herd fell by 22.9% last month, the ministry added. It does not reveal the total numbers for herd size.

(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

((dominique.patton@thomsonreuters.com; +86 10 6627 1027; Reuters Messaging: dominique.patton.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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